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'Evacuation was a great success' - Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation. Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies.

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'Evacuation was a great success' Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation. Explain your answer using the sources and knowledge from your studies. I agree with this statement, but only to a certain extent because although most children were safe from bombs, had relatively high morale and didn't panic, some children had better experiences than others did. Source A is a photograph of evacuees walking to the station in London in September 1939. This particular suggests to me that evacuation was a success because the children and the teachers are shown smiling and waving to the camera which suggests high morale. Also, they are walking in orderly lines of three which gives me the impression that the children are calm, disciplined, and not in any state of panic. This source is most probably reliable because I have previously seen photographs of children who are being evacuated who are as happy and well ordered as those shown in source A, although I have also seen pictures of unhappy children. ...read more.

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It also suggests to me that evacuation was a success because the children are always shown smiling (high morale), they are always well organised and helping each other out, and they are also very patriotic. The source does reflect some of my own knowledge because I know that some children were happy with their foster homes and knew surroundings in the countryside. Although I also know that some children weren't used to country life and wet the bed. Due to this some children had unhappy relationships with their foster parents who may have saw them as a burden. I do not think that this source is reliable because it was issued by the government who may have been trying to keep up morale and encourage more children to be evacuated, by portraying evacuation as a success. Source B is a teacher remembering being evacuated with children from her school. This particular source suggests to me that evacuation was not a success because it portrays how some children were very scared and how there was a lot of confusion as to where they were actually going. ...read more.

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was actually there and the book is also a novel, which means that it isn't true. Source E is an interview with a father of a seven-year-old child. This particular source also suggests that evacuation was not a success because the father is not convinced that his son will be well looked after in the countryside. I know from my own knowledge that although some children were unhappy about being evacuated they were evacuated safely. When they got to their new homes the vast majority of children were well looked after although a very small minority were mistreated, so this source does not support my own knowledge. I think this source is most likely to be reliable because it is an extract from a newspaper and I also know that a lot of parents thought that their children would be better looked after with their real parents. In conclusion, I think that evacuation was a success due to the fact that it eliminated panic, saved children's lives and, for the majority of children, it kept morale up. However, I also know that some children were mistreated by their foster parents and that others had a miserable experience. ...read more.

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